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Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Mission:

To serve and enrich our community by providing access to the power of information and imagination.

Our Vision:

  • A community of lifelong learners where everyone reads;
  • A community where everyone accesses information and current technology;
  • A community of informed people who will succeed and prosper;
  • A community of people who participate effectively in the civic life of their community, state, nation, and world.

We Value:

  • Access for all
  • Freedom of thought and expression
  • A professional and productive workforce
  • Good stewardship of resources
  • Fiscal prudence and financial responsibility
  • Innovation in all things
  • People-oriented service
  • Integrity, compassion and respect
  • Welcoming public spaces
  • A fulfilling work environment
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Civic involvement and social responsibility
  • Excellence in all we do

Library Bill of Rights:

The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services. 

I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.

V. A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.

VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.

VII. All people, regardless of origin, age, background, or views, possess a right to privacy and confidentiality in their library use. Libraries should advocate for, educate about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

Adopted June 19, 1939, by the ALA Council; amended October 14, 1944; June 18, 1948; February 2, 1961; June 27, 1967; January 23, 1980; January 29, 2019.

Inclusion of “age” reaffirmed January 23, 1996.

Although the Articles of the Library Bill of Rights are unambiguous statements of basic principles that should govern the service of all libraries, questions do arise concerning application of these principles to specific library practices. See the documents designated by the Intellectual Freedom Committee as Interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights.